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Infant Ordered To Appear in Drunken Driving Case

January 22, 1986

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) _ Joshua Poore’s mother says her son may squeal in court, but he certainly won’t talk, even though the 6-month-old has been subpoenaed.

″I was surprised when the subpoena came in the mail. I mean, what can a 6- month-old baby tell anybody?″ said Pamela Poore.

She also was subpoenaed to appear before Toledo Municipal Court Judge Charles Abood on Jan. 30 in a drunken driving case against Walter Reiger.

He was charged in a Nov. 1 accident, in which his car struck Mrs. Poore’s car. She suffered a minor injury.

Abood said he expected that Joshua will be dismissed as a witness as soon as the prosecutor calls him.

Lt. Jim Ritchie, the court liaison officer who prepared the subpoena, said either Joshua’s age was not on the accident report or it was not noticed when the subpoena was prepared. But Joshua was there when the accident occurred, so he is a witness.

But Mrs. Poore said she does not expect her son to be much help.

He can’t do anything ″except roll over and cry,″ she said. ″He smiles a lot and he yells a lot, but that’s about it.″

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